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Brady Keeling

AFRICA TRIPS, FROM THE FIELD, INSPIRATION, Orphan Care, PERSPECTIVES

Meet Jerry

There is only one thing I regret from my 18 years working with African Leadership: that I didn’t get involved sooner.

My life back then probably looked a lot like yours — I went to work, came home to family, and was involved with our church. My days were fully engaged at The Southwestern Company, working to grow our company both in the U.S. and internationally, and in the process building character in young people. My free time was spent with my wife raising our children and trying to instill in them a sense of sharing and service. Friends of ours worked in Africa and when asked to donate to things they cared about, we did —it seemed to be an easy way to support the church and to model “giving back” to our children.

One year, a corporate incentive trip took me to Cape Town, South Africa. Our itinerary included safaris, relaxing and exploring the modern city…until a friend with African Leadership showed up at my hotel and asked me to come with him. We went to Khayelitsha, a slum packed full of makeshift dwellings that over a million South Africans called home. There I saw tremendous poverty and need, but I also saw what African Leadership was doing to address it. Leaders were being trained and developed. Community centers were being built and staffed. Children were being fed and provided daycare and schooling.

Later in the suburbs I met the National Director for pastor training. He was working with young people who desired to become more effective leaders for their churches and communities. They had been given the chance of a lifetime to gain a theological education they otherwise would have never received. In them, I recognized the young adults I worked with through The Southwestern Company — I saw the eagerness to learn, to better themselves, to grow into capable leaders. In myself I recognized I had something to offer them: the experience and skills acquired from so many years dedicated to building character in young people.

This realization was inspiring and impactful. In the years that followed, I used what I knew to help grow African Leadership and the Kingdom in Africa. And the more I gave, the more I got. I experienced the joy of serving; I gained cross cultural experience that in turn strengthened me professionally; and I made lifelong friends in Africa who are more like me than I would have thought, family oriented people who just want to live peacefully and improve the lives of their families and communities.

The strengths, skills and expertise I had to give, the assets you have to give, can have so much more impact than you can imagine, and getting started is as easy as knowing what you are good at. We are called to build the global church, but no church grows on money alone. It requires time and effort and wisdom and willingness to open yourself up to what the Lord might possibly say when you ask, “What do I have to give?” Responding honestly to this question led to one of the most rewarding experiences of my life — serving as the Chairman of the Board of African Leadership.

What do you have to give?

Clean Water, Education, FROM THE FIELD, HIV/AIDS + Healthcare, Orphan Care, Women at Risk

The secret to making a difference

“I don’t have the time, the money, or the giftings to make a difference.”

Ever caught yourself thinking this way? Peter Ochiel was once in your shoes. Now he runs a school, a church, and a clinic in one of the world’s last leper colonies.

How’d he do it?

He focused on the assets around him and took it one step at a time.

He embodies the asset-based development strategy Mocha Club teaches, and that you help fund as a member.

Peter was working in a restaurant in Kenya when one day, he met a man on the streets begging for school fees for his children. When Peter asked to meet his children, the man took him to Tumbe Village, which literally means “a place for rejected people.” It’s a leper colony that’s home to about 30 families who have been rejected by society.

Peter felt compelled to act. So he started small. He began going to visit every Sunday and renamed the village Blessed Camp.

People began to take notice of what he was doing and they joined him.

Peter’s heart for this village was contagious. The group started pulling together their assets and gifts to open a church in Blessed Camp, as well as a school for the children. Then they opened a medical clinic to help the lepers and, soon after, a feeding program. He built up this community step by step, utilizing the assets and talents of people around him in Mombasa.

Today, Peter’s organization, Action Ministry, is a Mocha Club partner. Your mochas are school fees for the children in the camp, medical supplies for the lepers, hope for a new generation in Kenya.

So his network of assets now includes you, and your assets now help him do his work.

Already, you’re providing hope for a new generation in Kenya.

It’s easy to think you’re helpless. But like Peter, you’re not. Start small, focus on what you have, and know that you’re already making a difference to people like Peter through your gifts to Mocha Club.

Not a Mocha Club member yet and ready to start making a difference? You can do so for less than $1/day. Start using what you have today and join Mocha Club!

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Where do your mochas go?

We’ve told you how your mochas are put to work and why your mochas matter, but where do your mochas go?

Mocha Club works in 11 countries across Africa – Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

In each of these countries, Mocha Club works through local leaders. Each year, our local Country Directors create their own strategic plans, evaluating where in their countries to focus. Through listening surveys and situation analyses, they choose communities in which to offer our education program, teachers to teach it, and students with the most potential for using this education to effect real and sustainable change in their spheres of influence.

Some of those “wheres” are refugee camps.

Some are rebuilding after years of war.

Some are struggling with poverty, injustice, famine, or fear.

Some are communities just like yours and mine, learning how to flourish in the midst of circumstances and struggles unique to their locale.

But because of your mochas, all of these “wheres” are gaining the benefit of local leaders better equipped to tackle their communities’ most pressing challenges.

Want to see Mocha Club at work in one of these places? We’re going to Kenya this summer – come with us! Details here. Email Fallon for more information: fklug@themochaclub.org.

AFRICA NEWS, Clean Water, Education, FROM THE FIELD, HIV/AIDS + Healthcare, Orphan Care, Women at Risk

Imagine all we can do together in 2018!

Behind everyday generosity is the belief that the little things we do on a daily basis can add up to make a big difference. A mocha here, a mocha there — sometimes it’s easy to forget the big picture and hard to imagine how those sacrificed mochas add up over the course of the year. So we decided to take a step back and look at some of the impact Mocha Club members had this year.

The everyday generosity of Mocha Club members in 2017 turned into:


CLEAN WATER
200 households in Mvera, Malawi have access to clean water (and electricity!) after developing a community-driven solution to the problems caused by a lack of clean water in their village — low school attendance among girls, high rates of waterborne illnesses, and more.


ECONOMIC FREEDOM
Over 40 women stuck in the sex industry in Ethiopia received counseling, medical care, and skills training, pulling themselves out of life on the streets and creating a sustainable, healthy future for themselves and their families.


EDUCATION
95 students in Nairobi’s slums were able to receive a secondary-level education, something vital to breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Kenya.


HEALTHCARE
More than 30 children in Addis Ababa whose mothers are recovering from being trapped in the sex trade were provided with medical treatments and care, as well as nutritional support so they learn how to create healthy habits for themselves.


ORPHAN CARE
224 orphans and vulnerable children in Congo were counseled through the trauma they’ve experienced because of war and violence and taught life skills that will help them cope in the present and have hope for the future.


 

We can make an even greater impact if you commit to making your mochas matter in 2018!

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